1989 Nissan Sentra DLX 1.6 SOHC from North America


The best first vehicle for teens ever!


The car has been very reliable. I have had only 3 real complaints about it.

First of all, it leaks oil. The leak is very small and difficult to locate.

Second, the quality of the interior is mediocre. I have had 2 interior rips in the upholstery.

Third, the rear linkage bearing fell apart at 63,000 Km. The dealer replaced it with an oversize linkage, but it still clunks on sharp left turn.

Other than that, everything is running smoothly and efficiently.

General Comments:

This car is my first car ever. It is in good shape and the engine still runs as though it was brand new. It has been very cheap and easy to maintain, and the insurance is very cheap.

The exterior is nice, but it is a little plain. I intend to add a spoiler and a few exterior details in the next year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2001

1989 Nissan Sentra 1.6L from North America


A great school car


Timing chain stretch and guide wear.

CV halfshafts valve lifter noise when cold.

General Comments:

This is my third sentra I have owned. All of which have had timing chain problems. Other than that it's a perfect point A to point B ride. It has surprisingly good power for such a small engine and is easy to work on too!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2001

11th Mar 2001, 19:53

I replaced the timing chain 3/6/01.found that it was stretched and the cheesy plastic guide was broken.

1989 Nissan Sentra 1.6 12v from North America


The little engine that could and could and could and could and still can


Had a rattle at about 85,000 miles. It was a piece of plastic that guides the timing chain. $250 to find and fix (by a very good and honest mechanic).

It leaks oil.

General Comments:

I can't express how good this car has been to me. It was bought new by my parents in 1989 as one of the "loss leaders" in the Sunday paper. I got it in 1994 when they wanted something nicer. I take it in to the mechanic every 2 years right before my smog check here in California and get a tune up. Nothing special, replace the spark plug wires, check the timing, etc. I had the one problem with the timing chain, but that was really no big deal. And that is it. Really. In the 140,000 miles on the car, it has been in to the mechanic all of 4 times, 3 for the tune up before the smog check. Of course there is the usual repacement of tires, brake pads, etc.

The car runs like new. Silky smooth. It has only not started once - when the battery was 7 years old. It doesn't miss, ping, or hesitate. There is absolutely no sign that the car is even close to giving up. And it's not like I treat the car well. All the Accord owners say "just keep the oil changed...", I don't even do that. It has gone 20,000+ miles a couple of times between oil changes. I'm sure its over 20,000 right now.

I routinely drive 85 mph, and get it up to 95 at least once a week. I'm sure the engine is turning 4500-5000 rpm for most of my 20 mile daily commute. It gets 26-28 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2000

22nd Jan 2001, 01:29

I also own an '89 Nissan Sentra. Be careful with the oil changes. It doesn't take four quarts. Actually three will get you in the safe zone. Most places will change your oil and put four quarts in which overfills it and causes unneeded pressure which eventually causes a bad leak. Try using about 3.5 quarts.